A licensed acupuncturist is required to pass the national certification exam in acupuncture. Licensed acupuncturists have accumulated an average of 2,700 hours of master's-level training, hundreds of hours of clinical experience, and at least 250 actual patient treatments before actual licensure. Training can be comprised of home study and videotaped lectures. An acupuncturist will need to complete a course in clean-needle technique that teaches the prevention of the spread of disease. Coursework also includes anatomy, biophysics, and nutrition, as well as courses specific to Oriental medicine, including herbalism and needle technique. All must pass a written exam.
Acupuncturists work with tiny needles that inserted into the skin in hundreds of places. No heavy equipment is needed for an acupuncturist. The majority of their work is mental. They are inserting needles into a person, and not much else is used or needed. Military medics are even using this practice today to help ease the pain of wounded soldiers.
Acupuncture can help in many different aspects of life. People who suffer from depression can overcome their fears and hopelessness with acupuncture. Acupuncture can help addicts and chronically ill patients. This is a unique career that offers a good salary and the ability to help people. Most people need to be treated by an acupuncturist two or three times to be able to notice a difference. This profession is expected to grow by 10% in the next decade. Acupuncture eliminates the use of medication and is a great way for patients to ease their pain.
Licensed Acupuncturist Tasks
Confer with clients about their medical histories and any problems with stress or pain in order to determine what acupuncture techniques would be helpful.
Place small needles into predetermined sites on a patient's skin to relieve pain or stress.
Assess clients' soft tissue condition, nerves and blood vessels to determine appropriate acupressure sites.